Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has been reassured that star player Gareth Bale will still be at the club next season, with or without Champions League qualification.
Spurs are currently battling it out with London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal for a top-four finish and there have been reports that Bale may leave the club if they miss out on Champions League football for a second year running.
However, Villas-Boas has spoken out about the future of Bale, and he has been told that the club will keep the winger no matter what happens come the end of the season.
Today has been another great day for Bale after it was announced that he had won the Football Writers' Association award to go with his PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
Last week, Villas-Boas was concerned that the Welshman may leave if the club finish outside the top four but today he has backtracked on his comments and believes the club will be able to keep hold of Bale no matter what happens.
"The information that I have from the club, which was mistakenly written about last week, is that the player is here to remain, independent of the objectives of Champions League qualification being achieved or not," Villas-Boas said.
"I would be extremely surprised (if he left).
"In football anything can happen. It's impossible to predict, but this is the assurance I have had from the club.
"We understand that the more awards the more recognition the player will have, the more media attention, but the club has to move forward by holding onto its best players.
"With the recognition and the further experience that he has had from this year, next year for Tottenham he will be even more assertive."
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